Last weekend at Vancouver Pride, guests who thought they were chatting with a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were gravely disappointed.
Vancouver resident Bill Whatcott is a conservative Christian who feels so strongly about gays in society, he makes it a point to regularly attend Pride celebrations. Not as a protester in the fenced-off “free speech” section, though; he goes undercover to interact with people one-on-one and pretends to be on their side.
Months in advance, Whatcott registered for the Pride parade under a fake name. He claimed to be Matthew Davidson, a member of the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (a fictional branch of a real Humanist organization) and set up a fake phone number and website for the application. Pride officials say they didn’t catch the fake registration because folks from FSM had participated in Pride before.